Annie Awards

The Annie Awards are accolades which the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood, has presented each year since 1972[1] to recognize excellence in animation shown in cinema and television. Originally designed to celebrate lifetime or career contributions to animation, the award has been given to individual works since 1992.

Annie Awards
47th Annie Awards
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Awarded forExcellence in animation
CountryUnited States
Presented byASIFA-Hollywood
First awardedNovember 1972; 47 years ago (1972-11)

Membership in ASIFA-Hollywood is divided into three main categories: General Member (for professionals), Patron (for enthusiasts of animation), and Student Member. Members in each category pay a fee to belong to the branch. Selected professional members of the branch are permitted to vote to decide the awards.

The 47th Annie Awards ceremony took place on January 25, 2020, on the campus of UCLA.


In 1972, June Foray first conceived the idea of awards for excellence in the field of animation.[2] With the approval of ASIFA-Hollywood president Nick Bosustow, an Annie Award ceremony was organized. The first ceremony was held at the banquet room of Sportsmen's Lodge in Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.[3] Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer were the first to be honored by the first Annie Awards for creating Betty Boop, bringing Popeye, and Olive Oyl to the animated screen, and for inventing the technique of rotoscoping.[3][4]

Naming "Annie Awards"Edit

According to Foray, her husband Hobart Donavan suggested that the awards be called "Annie", because they are presented for excellence in animation.[4]


The first trophy for the Annie Award trophy was presented in the second award ceremony, to Walter Lantz, the founder of Walter Lantz Productions and creator of Woody Woodpecker. Made of wood and plastic, it was shaped like a zoetrope. The next year, Tom Woodward designed the trophy now presented.

Award categoriesEdit

Balloting controversies and criticismEdit


In 2008, the Annie Award nominees for Best Short Subject included two Walt Disney cartoons, a Pixar short, and two independent films: Picnic Pictures' The Chestnut Tree, and Don Hertzfeldt's short Everything Will Be OK. Official rules for the Annie Awards state that voting members must view all nominated achievements in their entirety before casting their ballot for a winner. Members are directed to view the nominated films on a secure website.

When the online ballot launched on January 15, the two independent films were not included for voters to judge. ASIFA acknowledged this error over a week later, at which point all the votes were reportedly thrown out and the balloting system was reset. Voters were instructed to return and re-vote the category. "The Chestnut Tree" was now uploaded properly to the ballot, however Everything Will Be OK was again not included: this time, the online ballot only played a portion of this film's 17-minute running time to voters, abruptly cutting out in the middle of a scene. ASIFA again took several days to repair the ballot, but this time allowed voting to continue.

By the time the ballot officially closed on February 1, Everything Will Be OK was only available to voters for less than 24 hours of the entire 18-day voting period.[5] Even though ASIFA apologized to Don Hertzfeldt (who would eventually win the award for his 2015 Oscar-nominated film World of Tomorrow), they took no further action and carried on with the event, awarding the prize to the Pixar short Your Friend the Rat.

Notable nominationsEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ASIFA-Hollywood - History". ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2019-04-23. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  2. ^ Sandell, Scott (July 28, 2017). "Classic Hollywood: June Foray, a profile in characters". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 18, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "June Foray, Voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dies at 99". NBC News. July 27, 2017. Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with June Foray". Annie Awards. Archived from the original on February 28, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Why Don Hertzfeldt Probably Won't Win an Annie". Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-04.

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